edmedia 2007 symposium paperMay 2, 2007
I try to catch up with recording my doings at two free days on monday and tuesday.
So..besides other things we were writing our presentation for the symposium Sebastian Fiedler is running at EdMedia 2007 about: Getting beyond centralized technologies in higher education.
We sort of hopped in at last moment to change Barbara’s contribution.
So, we decided not to change topic, but elaborate it with the design-based research approach:
Collaborating across national and institutional boundaries in higher education – the decentralized iCamp approach
Kai Pata & Terje Väljataga
To give an impression what it will be about, just a short caption:
According to the Design-Based Research Collective (2003) both goals of the iCamp research – i) establishing the new Era learning landscape in Higher Education with developing the interoperable sets of LMS tools and social software, and suggesting applicable learning patterns in this environment; and ii) demonstrating the need for the application of new learning theories in these augmented learning landscapes – should be interrelated. The first field experiment within the iCamp project – Trial 1 – focused on the exploration of the feasibility of supporting cross-cultural collaboration in iCamp space. iCamp Project Trial 1 combined the ‘conclusion- and decision-oriented’ inquiry in order to develop the model for learning and teaching in cross cultural collaboration challenge conditions in distributed Two-Way-Web. Deliberately, we do not name it Instructional Design model, because we see it as a narrow concept, which focuses mainly on the teaching and learning patterns. Instead, our model would be the Learning Environment Design model. This term carries our ideas that adult learners can be directed towards certain achievements primarly by introducing them with new ways of self-directed learning and supporting this approach with the possibilities of self-directed restructuring of the personal learning environment. In the frames of developing this new model, our main research questions focused on how the learning landscapes, as they were perceived and planned by the instructor, would differ from those that actually emerge within different cross-cultural learning groups. Secondly, we also intended to examine, how the cross-cultural groups of learners would realise their common objectives in distributed settings of the Two-Way-Web. We aimed at investigating, how the groups without pre-selected leader and specific facilitator support would come to the common ground of applying different tools of their collaborative landscape in their activities.
I believe, knowing Sebastian Fiedler a bit in action, it will be a really nice symposium day with intriging ideas and very good presenters..i wanted to write under one hat :)..but then maybe not under one hat after all, but the more arguments and contraversities..the more interesting it will be.